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Lamborghini Lanzador | Electrified GT Crossover Concept

The Lanzador concept gives us a clear idea of what to anticipate from Lamborghini's initial venture into the realm of battery-powered vehicles as the firm moves toward electrified vehicles. Officially, this is only a sneak peek at what the firm may have in store for us in 2028. Unofficially, the idea offers a rather accurate glimpse of the company's fourth model, which will go into mass production with few modifications.

During Monterey Car Week, the Lanzador EV was presented. It is referred to be a "high ground-clearance GT." In most cases, we would presume it is merely a more accurate way of expressing it's a crossover. The three-door body design, however, offers more advantages than the crossover label normally does.

It is clear from the front that it is undoubtedly a Lamborghini. It nearly looks like a short desert dune buggy from the side and the back quarter, or maybe one of those Tamiya RC vehicles. There is no way to mistake this three-door SUV for the first-generation Range Rover Evoque. Additionally, it doesn't come out looking like a Honey-I-Shrunk-the-Urus.

The Sesto Elemento, Murcielago, and Countach LPI 800-4 are among the classic Lamborghini cars cited as inspiration for the new vehicle's appearance. The Huracan Sterrato is supposed to have served as a model for the driving stance, with a little bit of spacecraft thrown in. Lambo is doing OK thus far.

You can better understand where that spaceship influence has been directed within the cockpit. The designers emphasise that they tapped into the adaptability provided by the electric drivetrain to produce something practical daily despite the virtual skeleton form of the dashboard and centre console. As a result, when the rear hatch is opened, a sizable cargo space is revealed that may be increased by folding the back seats. This ultra-practical interpretation of a GT also has more storage in the frunk. Espada 2.0, then? Maybe not fully, but there's no disputing that the 2+2 ethos has elements of it.

The interior design language, however, strongly focuses on sustainability and boasts that most of its materials are produced in Italy. Many unseen polymers, including the seat foam, are manufactured from recycled 3D-printed plastic, as is the thread used in the nylon seats. Even the water used to tan the leather was recycled from olive oil plants, and the carbon fibre used inside contains recyclable materials like recycled PET.

Unsurprisingly, Lamborghini refrains from disclosing too much information on the drivetrain of the concept car. Power, performance, and range numbers are all absent. But some of the more intricate aspects of the cutting-edge technology in the automobile were shown to us.

The Lanzador has two motors powering each set of wheels, enabling full-time all-wheel drive. The rear axle has a sort of torque vectoring to make sure the automobile complies with dynamic requirements. A new driving dynamics control system called Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI) is also included. The new technology uses a battery of sensors and a complex algorithm to customise the dynamics of the automobile to each driver.

The design primarily focuses on the on-road side of the crossover equation when combined with active suspension and active aerodynamics. We can't help but wonder if a "Sterrato'd" version may be a delectable follow-up to the current model.

Lamborghini has previously said that its complete lineup will be electric by the end of 2024, but the company hasn't yet made any plans to exclusively produce electric vehicles. Instead, it has chosen to prioritise carbon neutrality and the use of hybrid technology. By 2029, the Lanzador will be joined by an all-electric Urus.

In order to simplify manufacturing, the company's Sant'Agata Bolognese facility will be where the production Lanzador is created. However, it won't be until 2028 when the Lanzador materialises, which is around three years after domestic rivals Ferrari want to reveal their first EV. Will the Lanzador be able to provide customers with a convincing substitute? Time will only tell.

TopGear Magazine February 2024